- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Frequently Asked Questions about the Alexander Technique
Q: WHAT IS THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE?
A: A method that shows you how to release unnecessary tension, the Alexander Technique enables your natural postural support to work for you, instead of using excess tension and strain to keep yourself upright. It frees your mind and your body.
Q: HOW IS THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE DIFFERENT FROM YOGA, MASSAGE AND OTHER TYPES OF BODYWORK OR SOMATIC WORK?
A: While most bodywork or somatic techniques involve either exercises or a practitioner giving you a treatment, the Alexander Technique is about undoing layers of habit that you no longer need. Instead of adding something, it shows you how to do more with less. It is also different in that you are an active participant in the process, using your thoughts and awareness along with the gentle touch of the Alexander Technique instruction to find a place of more ease and less effort.
Q: WHAT HAPPENS IN A SESSION?
A: In an Alexander lesson, we will use habitual actions such as sitting and standing as a laboratory for noticing how your postural habits may interfere with your natural support and breathing. You will also do some lying-down work. The whole time you will be fully clothed. As you become more experienced in the Alexander Technique, lessons begin to include other activities that are part of your life, such as walking, speaking, physical activities or art forms, working at the computer, and anything else of interest to you.
Q: WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE?
A: Do you want to have a better understanding of how your body's natural support mechanisms can help you to feel more easily upright? Do you have pain or tension that you would like to let go of? Do you have an activity you would like to refine and execute with greater mind-body coordination? If so, the Alexander Technique can help you.
In broad categories, the Alexander Technique is useful for:
Individuals interested in wellness, conscious living and self-help
Individuals with pain, injury or fatigue (the Alexander Technique can help, among other maladies: arthritis, scoliosis, repetitive strain injury, tendonitis, stress- and anxiety-related conditions, and asthma and other breathing-related conditions)
Individuals desiring a higher quality of the use of the self, either to feel lighter and more expansive in daily living or to enhance performance in the dramatic, musical, vocal and dance arts and athletics.
Q: CAN I REALLY IMPROVE MY POSTURE FOR THE BETTER IN A LONG-LASTING WAY? I'VE TRIED SO MANY TIMES AND ALWAYS END UP BACK WHERE I STARTED.
A: Yes! When you learn the Alexander Technique, you are re-educating your sensory register so that you will have the capacity to notice when you are veering off course posture-wise. Then, instead of trying to fight it, you will be given the tools to let go of and release whatever tension is contributing to the misalignment and redirect your energy in a more coherent manner. One of the best things about the Alexander Technique is that it is a learned skill that, when applied, simply and directly in your daily living, is highly effective.
Q: HAS THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE BEEN SCIENTIFICALLY STUDIED?
A: Many studies have been conducted regarding Alexander Technique and its benefits. One study of particular interest, published in the British Medical Journal, details how lessons in the Alexander Technique provided long-term benefits and relief for back pain sufferers. Other studies have examined its benefits for groups as wide-ranging as surgeons and musicians.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
- April 2003
My current teaching includes music performance (piano and flute), Italian language and Alexander Technique. I have spent many years honing my skills in all of these subjects and I delight in sharing my knowledge with you and helping you to improve and reach your goals. My teaching style is patient, friendly, helpful and individualized to your needs, interests, goals and learning style.
***PLEASE NOTE: Due to my travel schedule, I can only offer once monthly in-person lessons. Online lessons are available on a weekly basis. In-person lessons once a month are ideal for those with busy schedules. Feel free to use the ask-a-question feature to learn more about which lesson type and frequency may be right for you!
Also, my availability throughout the week is always shifting. If you don't see the time/day you're looking for, I can probably accomodate it. Please send me a message and/or sign up for lessons and we can work out a time.
For more information about my experience and teaching in each subject, please click on the subject you are interested in to read more.
I also enjoy writing blog articles for TakeLessons as another way of sharing information. I have written articles in all of the subjects I teach. Here is a list, by category.
http://takelessons.com/blog/test-your-piano-skills - 5 Easy Ways to Test Your Piano Skills
http://takelessons.com/blog/piano-practice-tips-having-fun - 4 Easy Ways to Make Piano Practice Fun and Productive
http://takelessons.com/blog/ABRSM-piano-exam-tips - 4 Valuable Tips for Succeeding at the ABRSM Piano Exam
http://takelessons.com/blog/mastering-leaps-on-piano - Piano Tips: How to Master Large Leaps on
http://takelessons.com/blog/loud-piano-dynamics-z06 - 3 Tips for Playing Loudly (and Beautifully) at the Piano
http://takelessons.com/blog/new-ways-to-practice-scales-z06 - 4 Ways to Make Practicing Piano Scales FUN! [Infographic]
http://takelessons.com/blog/read-piano-music-faster-z06 - How to Read Piano Music Faster: Intro to the Keys
http://takelessons.com/blog/learning-piano-bad-habits-z06 - 5 Bad Habits Holding You Back as You Learn Piano
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-read-piano-sheet-music-z06 - How to Read Piano Sheet Music for Piano: A Visual Tour
http://takelessons.com/blog/learn-to-play-the-flute - Learn to Play the Flute: Your Top Challenges, Resolved!
http://takelessons.com/blog/italian-grammar-vocabulary-games-z09 - 10+ Fun Italian Grammar and Vocabulary Games for Kids
http://takelessons.com/blog/useful-italian-phrases-dating-z09 - Useful Italian Phrases and Tips for Dating
http://takelessons.com/blog/italian-grammar-nouns-z09 - Italian Grammar Rules: How to form Singular and Plural Nouns
http://takelessons.com/blog/useful-italian-phrases-family-z09 - La Famiglia: Useful Italian Words and Phrases for Family
http://takelessons.com/blog/italian-grammar-z09 - 10 Most Common Italian Grammar Mistakes
http://takelessons.com/blog/italian-grammar-exercises-z09 - 4 Quick and Easy Italian Grammar Exercises
http://takelessons.com/blog/italian-vocabulary-z09 - Essential Italian Vocabulary Words for Beginners
http://takelessons.com/blog/italian-vocabulary-games-z09 - 4 Fun Italian Vocabulary Games for Kids
http://takelessons.com/blog/italian-grammar-gender-and-number-z09 - Italian Grammar: Introduction to Gender and Number
http://takelessons.com/blog/useful-italian-phrases-for-eating-z09 - Useful Italian Phrases and Etiquette Tips for Going Out to Eat
http://takelessons.com/blog/italian-stereotypes-z09 - 10 Common Italian Stereotypes That Are Actually True
http://takelessons.com/blog/italian-conversation-z09 - How to Survive Your First Italian Conversation
http://takelessons.com/blog/italian-games-z09 - 5 Fun Italian Games for Learning Numbers
http://takelessons.com/blog/italian-words-and-phrases-summer-z09 - Italian Words and Phrases for the Summer [Slideshow]
http://takelessons.com/blog/useful-italian-phrases-shopping-z09 - Useful Italian Phrases and Tips for Shopping in Italy
http://takelessons.com/blog/useful-italian-phrases-business-z09 - Getting Down to Business: Useful Italian Phrases and Etiquette Tips for Doing Business in Italy
http://takelessons.com/blog/fitness-tips - 3 Surprising Keys to Exercising Efficiently
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-fix-your-posture - Why Standing Up Straight Won’t Fix Your Posture
http://takelessons.com/blog/learn-how-to-sing-better-z02 - 3 Exercises to Free Your Singing Voice
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-sing-without-tension-z02 - How Tension Affects Your Voice (And What to Do About It!)
http://takelessons.com/blog/stage-presence-for-singers-z02 - 3 Often-Overlooked Parts of a Successful Vocal Performance
http://takelessons.com/blog/singing-high-notes-z02 - Singing Tips: 3 Physical Keys for Hitting High Notes
As a workshop facilitator, I teach Physical Communication, Musical Communication and Individual Communication workshops with the goal of increased skillful communication and awareness of communication issues for the undergraduate engineering students.
My workshops draw on my understanding and experience in the performing arts and with the Alexander Technique.
As a faculty member, I teach trainees the philosophy, practical training and literature of the Alexander Technique to prepare them for a career teaching the Technique.
My duties include leading lectures, working with students one-on-one and in small groups, and supervising independent study.
As a private instructor, I teach individuals in the following subject areas: Alexander Technique, Flute, Piano and Italian Language.
I enjoy working with a variety of individuals and have done so for many years. I continue to hone my teaching skills and my own skills in each discipline to bring you the most effective, enjoyable teaching to reach your goals!
Certification to teach the Alexander Technique. Requirements include three years and 1600 hours of training, in addition to continued education to maintain certification.
The American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) is the largest professional association of certified Alexander Technique teachers in the United States.The requirements for AmSAT teacher certification are specified in AmSAT's Bylaws and include the completion of 1,600 hours of training over a minimum of three years at an AmSAT-approved Teacher Training Course. AmSAT Teacher Training Courses maintain a five-to-one student/teacher ratio.+ Read More
Nadia is a fine instructor. Take it from me who's been coached in many sports - tennis, skiing , riding, swimming. AM is a sport, too, in that the student has to do most of the work. Nadia tells us what to do to improve, but it's up to us to practice.+ Read More
In just one lesson, my daughter learned so much and gained the confidence to work through a difficult piece of music!
First lesson in, and I already feel like the goals for myself are more than attainable under the tutelage of Nadia. I learned so much in my first thirty minutes. I can't wait to go back.
Today I had my first flute lesson with Nadia after not having played for over 30 years! It was truly the best experience that I could hope for. Nadia is knowledgeable, patient, kind and very encouraging. I can't wait for my next lesson!
My 6 year old's first music lesson ever, WITHOUT a piano, was a huge hit! Nadia filled the time going through a piano book and walking through the keyboard as well as how to read the notes, and hand placement. Nadia is kind, patient, and engaging. We are thrilled we found her and looking forward to our next lesson!+ Read More
Nadia is terrific. I really like her and find her to be enthusiastic, knowledgeable and encouraging. I highly recommend her.
Nadia is very nice and patient, and adapted the lesson to whatever I wanted to learn.
I am learning to speak Italian very fast due to Nadaia's wonderful method and style of teaching
A great teacher, extremely knowledgeable with the ability to help students grasp new concepts.
Ive had a couple of Alexander instructors and Nadia by far is the best. She explains things in a way that makes sense and I'm seeing progress. She is wonderful!
Nadia is a really warm, engaging teacher. Perfect for my 2 beginners (age 7 and age 5). They were adamantly against taking piano lessons before I signed them up with Nadia, but now they are eagerly practicing at the piano and studying their lessons. What a gem!+ Read More
Nadia is wonderful and our girls love working with her. She is extremely patient. This is their first piano teacher, and they went from dreading the first lesson to looking forward to their weekly lesson!
Terrific first lesson! Nadia is great at simplifying and using creative methods to help you remember the fundamentals.
Wonderful first lesson with Nadia! My daughter is 13 and extremely happy with the instruction she received. We definitely plan on continuing!
I had a wonderful experience with Nadia. She is very knowledgeable and is helping me advance in my piano learning
Loved working with Nadia
She helped me asvance
Nadia is an Amazing, Talented, Effective and Kind Teacher........
NADIA is an Amazing teacher! I am a professional Musician (Opera Singer), and always dreamed of playing the Flute. With Nadia's skill as a wonderful flutist and her knowledge of Alexander Technique mixed in with her teaching of the Flute, I have very quickly developed a comfortable and proper position while playing. As a beginner in Flute, I must say that she has truly helped me begin to make some great sounds, sight-read easily, develop Good playing-Habits, and enjoy playing and caring for my Flute. It is RARE to find a Great Teacher who is both "effective" and "kind". I Highly recommend Nadia to ALL those who Love Music and the FLUTE!!